On the day finance is on the agenda at COP26, join us for a discussion about the role of the finance sector in the fight against climate change.
We’ll be looking at how we can achieve the COP26 Goal 3 of mobilising at least $100bn in climate finance per year, and unleashing trillions in private and public sector finance in order to secure global net zero.
Our expert panel will discuss ways we can finance initiatives, how we encourage investment in a green future and how economic growth and environmental action can work hand in hand, plus much, much more.
Professor Gail Whiteman is Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Exeter Business School. Gail is also the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was actively involved in building science-based targets including those for a future low-carbon economy. She created Arctic Basecamp, a science solutions communication platform with a mission to “speak science to power” to encourage bold climate action. This unique project has hosted high-level events at the World Economic Forum in Davos and is on the ground at COP26
Professor Ben Groom is the Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics at the University of Exeter Business School. He is an environmental and resource economist working on the economics of biodiversity, ecosystem services and intergenerational fairness. His current interests are in how the financial sector can be augmented to take into account the impact on biodiversity. He is an observer on the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and a founding member of the Treasury Green Book Biodiversity Working Group. Ben is also a visiting professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.
Eoin Murray is Head of Investment, International and a member of the Executive Committee at Federated Hermes. He also leads the Investment Office, which is responsible to clients for the investment teams’ consistent delivery of responsible, risk-adjusted performance and adherence to the processes which earned them their ‘kitemarks’. Eoin joined the international business of Federated Hermes in January 2015 with almost 30 years’ investment experience. Eoin joined from GSA Capital Partners, where he was a fund manager. Before this, he was Chief Investment Officer at Old Mutual from 2004 to 2008 and also held senior positions at Callanish Capital Partners LLP and Northern Trust Global Investments. He began his career as a graduate trainee at Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) and subsequently performed senior portfolio manager roles at Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors (now BlackRock), PanAgora Asset Management and First Quadrant. Eoin is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Master of the Guild of Investment Managers, and a Fellow of the RSA. He is a member of the Exmoor Search and Rescue team, a fully qualified Swift-water Rescue Instructor, a Powerboat Rescue Operator and a Flood Water Incident Manager.
Chantalle Thomson is Green Finance Manager at the Carbon Trust. Chantalle works in the Carbon Trust’s Green Finance team and leads on sustainable infrastructure, helping financial institutions ensure that green finance delivers genuinely green outcomes by advising on product frameworks, assessing climate change-related risks and opportunities around portfolios, and quantifying environmental impacts. Chantalle has over five years’ experience in the low carbon sector, much of it focused on infrastructure. She has developed socio-economic impact assessment methodologies for infrastructure projects, notably using cost-benefit analysis and multi-criteria analysis to assess district heating developments. Her expertise also extends into financial modelling for district heating projects, leveraging her skills in project finance. Through working to convene funders and financers of mini-grids in sub-Saharan Africa, Chantalle gained experience in emerging market infrastructure.
Chantalle has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Exeter.
Jon Dennis is Sustainable Finance Manager at WWF-UK. His role is to provide knowledge, expertise and thought leadership on issues related to sustainable finance practices and policies, focusing predominantly on climate change but also extending to wider environmental themes. For nearly ten years, the WWF-UK Sustainable Finance team has been actively engaging with governments, international organisations, civil society and the finance sector to advocate for sustainable finance policy reform and develop the tools and standards to safeguard a sustainable environment. Prior to joining WWF-UK Jon held positions with Schroder’s investment management and the environmental think thank E3G, where he was a core member of the co-secretariat that successfully delivered the Green Finance Taskforce (GFT) report to UK government.
Peter Kanning is Global Head of Sustainable Finance Strategy & Implementation for HSBC. Peter joined HSBC in 2006 and has held various roles in New York and London related to cross-business and geography collaboration, business transformation and strategy development. In his current role, Peter leads strategic development of HSBC’s sustainable financing and investments capabilities across business lines, working in close collaboration with executive management and client facing teams globally. He is responsible for implementation of the Group’s strategy to align its business to net zero outcomes by 2050 and commitment to provide between USD750 billion and USD1 trillion in sustainable finance by 2030. Peter supports learning and communication activities to strengthen internal knowledge and engagement on climate change and market developments, drawing from participation in industry initiatives such as the World Economic Forum, Energy Transitions Commission and Cambridge University’s Banking Environment Initiative. Peter holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University.